Austin Joins Mankato Women’s Staff

     Former International Falls and Colorado College forward Jon Austin of International Falls has joined the Minnesota State Mankato women’s hockey staff. Here’s the school’s release Tuesday:

Mankato, Minn. — Minnesota State women’s hockey head coach Eric Means has announced that Jon Austin has been named assistant coach and that Dean Williamson joins the staff as a volunteer assistant coach.

Austin played four years as a forward at Colorado College (1995-99) where he collected 25 goals and 44 assists for 69 points in 142 career games. The Tigers advanced to the NCAA Division I title game in his freshman season (1995-96). After graduating from CC in 1999, Austin spent the next three years playing professionally before joining the coaching staff at Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Faribault, Minn. Austin served as an assistant to Tom Ward with the boys prep team at Shattuck and helped lead the Sabres to the national championship in 2006. He also has served as an assistant coach with the boys varsity team at International Falls the last two years.